The Speech: Portrait of Barack Obama, 2008, 38″ x 57″, mixed media on canvas

On August 28, 2008, I was watching on TV then-Senator Barack Obama giving his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Invesco Field, Denver, Colorado, as he was nominated to be the first African-American Presidential candidate. I was so moved by what he said that I took photos of my TV screen as he spoke to use as reference for a portrait. This painting is the result.

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